Otter News

November 10, 2022


No School Friday, November 11th

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Veteran's Day Program

Thank you to the Veterans and families that joined us for our Veteran's Day program this morning. Please see the slide deck below from our program. Look for photos from the event next week in our newsletter. A huge thank you to Mrs. Duncan and our students for the wonderful program to honor Veterans.


November 14th - 18th

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Theme of the Month: Gratitude

Hello Artondale Families,

This month we are focusing on gratitude. Other words that mean gratitude are thankfulness, appreciation and generosity. Our definition is - focusing on what is good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Classes are having discussions in classrooms and in the library about what gratitude means and how to show gratitude to others.

Next month's theme: Empathy

Library Information (click on picture!)

New Email for Attendance & Transportation Changes

We have a new email set up for absences/attendance and for transportation changes. Please email ~ Thank you!

Picture Retakes are on November 17th

Splash Winners Week of 11/10/2022

Every day students are able to earn a splash ticket by demonstrating our school wide expectations of show respect, solve problems, make good decisions. Teachers collect the splash tickets in their classrooms and then once a week we put them in our grade level buckets.

Here are this week's splash ticket winners:

Kindergarten - Wesley, Liam, Evan

1st Grade - Dominik, Sarah, Mae

1/2 & 2nd Grade - Aria, Aleah, Lottie

3rd Grade - Mia, Vivian, Alex

4th Grade - Kendall, Tate, Aria

4/5 & 5th Grade - Dominic, Becker, Mason

Classroom winners this week: Mrs. Brandt's class and they earned a prize as a class.

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HiCap Annual referral notice

Highly Capable Referral Notice for Annual Testing

Open October 12th, 2022 - January 6th, 2023

Online Highly Capable Referral form for Parents and Teachers

Direct link-

Please note: single online referral form for teachers and parents for more information

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¡Aviso importante!

Las aplicaciones al examen anual del Highly Capable Program (Estudiantes de Nivel Avanzado) ya están abiertas

Cuando: del 12 de octubre de 2022 al 6 de enero del 2023

Dónde aplicar: el formulario para referir a un estudiante se encuentra en la liga

Quien debe referir a un estudiante: los padres y profesores del alumno.

Para más información por favor visita

¡Recuerde! enviar un solo formulario diligenciado por los padres y profesores del estudiante.

Peninsula Hands On Art Information

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Yearbook Pictures Needed

Yearbook needs your help again this year to fill the pages of the 2022/23 yearbook. Filling the pages of our Otters doing the things that bring them joy, has brought such a special touch to every page. To make that easy for you, we will post monthly suggestions.

For the month of November our themes are fall leaves, baking, thankful, cozy, playing in the rain, crafts, turkey, reading, Thanksgiving and pet cuddles. Please post below or email your images to Please students name, grade and teacher, and only include images of current Artondale students.
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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Friday, November 11th - Veteran's Day NO SCHOOL
  • Thursday, November 17th - Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

Every child, every day will explore, create, and be an empathetic global citizen.

The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.